Allen said on Saturday that talks continue, and he remains hopeful that Fletcher will remain a Redskin. But Fletcher will hit the open market Tuesday afternoon unless Washington signs him before then.
“I had discussions with his agent over the last month or two,” Allen said. “We’ll see what happens. I’m not going hide . . . the fact that we love London. We hope he’s a Redskin.”
Defensive end Adam Carriker, who started at left end and is coming off a career season, also remains unsigned. Carriker said he wants to return to the Redskins, but also is excited about the interest he expects to draw in free agency if no deal is reached. Backup Jarvis Jenkins, who was out all of last season with a torn ACL, is expected to be at full speed for offseason workouts.
Strong safety LaRon Landry’s contract also has expired, but his ability to earn a new deal remains in question. Landry ended the season on injured reserve with an injured left Achilles’ tendon for a second straight season. He declined to have surgery that could have sidelined him for a year, and hopes to use alternative medicine to return to the form that had him in the running for defensive MVP in 2010. But he has yet to receive clearance to run.
The Redskins are wary of giving the five-year veteran a big contract because of the uncertainty about his health, and likely will wait to see how much interest Landry generates on the open market. Landry has said he might be willing to sign a one-year deal with Washington to prove that he has fully recovered in 2012, but that could change if another team is willing to gamble on him.
If Landry does not return, Washington could need a strong safety. Reed Doughty and DeJon Gomes both played strong safety last year, but the Redskins must consider whether either can get the job done on a full-time basis.
Although the Redskins have DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson at cornerback, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them make a run at another, because their defensive backs tallied only seven interceptions last season. The top corner on the market is Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan, who figures to draw interest from a number of teams and reportedly wants to sign with the same team as his good friend Jackson.